Kamala Harris spoke about climate change funds at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science in Miami, Florida
Following the flooring that led to the Fort Lauderdale shutdown, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Miami to press on the need for new federal cash to support coastal areas of Florida from flooding and storms.
She spoke to the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science of the University of Miami to announce the climate change investment from the Biden government. Read on.
Climate change investment
Kamala Harris emphasized the looming climate change crisis and its profound impact on the nation and the rest of the world. She also expressed that there’s still time to make a difference.
Harris spoke at school to announce new investments to strengthen climate resilience. Florida has a total of $561 million in Climate Ready Coast funding through the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).
The mayor of Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, heralded the federal climate funding while speaking at the school. He told the event attendees that this investment serves as a solution to address the problems faced by the nation’s coast. He said that the last week’s flooding in Florida is a wake-up call for the entire nation.
He further added that Florida, particularly South Florida, should realize how climate change impacts the coasts and that it’s time to harden the infrastructure to plan for a secure future.
Harris spoke about the federal administration’s efforts
While the Fort Lauderdale mayor talked about last week’s massive flooding, VP Kamala Harris touted the Joe Biden government for its efforts to fight and build resilience against climate change and extreme weather. She visited the University of Miami’s school to express how these projects will also create jobs for locals.
These climate resilience projects will protect the nation’s coasts from the underlying effects of hurricanes, flooding, and storm surges. She said that local businesses can save more money to hire employees and give back to the community by avoiding these damages.
The funding also focuses on the University of Florida program to innovate marine trash pick-up and clean-up besides addressing coral reef restoration, coral fragment replantation, educational programs for student interns and scouts, and high school student training.
The VP also highlighted the need for environmental justice and ordered government agencies to consider how their actions affect minority, black, and brown communities.